“Matthew Mishory has managed to capture an austere beauty of a kind little known and little understood by all but the likes of Baudelaire.” -- Film International
Filmmaker and commercial director Matthew Mishory was named a “rising talent” by Variety. His second feature film, the documentary ABSENT, was shot in Moldova in the former Soviet Union and released in Fall 2015. It was designated a “must-see” film by Cineuropa and “the documentary equivalent of Radu Jude's Aferim!, the winner of this year's Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director”. Cine Maldito named Absent one of the top ten films of 2015. Most recently, Matthew directed the television film No Place of Exile, about the modernist composer and pianist Artur Schnabel. The film was shot in Switzerland, Italy, Vienna, and Berlin and will premiere on the Arte and RBB networks in 2017.
As a commercial director, Matthew has shot national television and digital spots for brands such as Turkish Airlines (the world's largest airline), Best Buy, August Home, and Roku. His promo films for the Chinese electronics giant TCL were used to launch products at CES.
Matthew's feature film debut, the 35mm Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean was released theatrically in the United States, the UK, and Germany. The San Francisco Chronicle declared JT1951 “mesmerizing and sexy”, and Artforum pronounced it “a nuanced portrayal of an entire era.” The film is available worldwide on VOD, DVD, and digital.
Previously, Matthew's short film, Delphinium, about the legendary artist Derek Jarman, was permanently installed in the British Film Institute's National Film Archive. The film was subsequently re-released in the UK by the BFI as part of the year-long Jarman2014 celebration.
Matthew holds a degree in Film from the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A.), and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in Law from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is currently shooting two music-based projects in Europe.
“A new major figure in U.S. independent cinema.”
-- Romain Blondeau, Les Inrocks
“[ABSENT] is fascinating. A film about the difficulty, the impossibility, of language when the subject is unspeakable.”
-- Michael Silverblatt, KCRW
“[JOSHUA TREE] is art...mesmerizing and sexy!”
-- Dave Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
“A nuanced portrayal of an entire era...JOSHUA TREE gives us an account of the process by which Hollywood molds an individual into its systemic image of a star. That it accomplishes this through a formal subversion of Hollywood's stylistic code...makes the message all the more subtle.”
-- Travis Jeppesen, Artforum
“Nothing short of stunning! Seeing Dean through the eyes of [Matthew] Mishory, himself clearly a young talent worthy of our attention, is a joyful experience.”
-- Kareem Tahsch, Miami New Times
“Matthew Mishory was the name on everyone's lips earlier this year when Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean hit screens. Visually striking and nuanced...it definitely catches the viewer off-guard.”
--The Hunger Magazine
“An evocative, nuanced, visually stunning black and white intimate portrait of a period of time in the life of James Dean before he was a household name.”
-- Carolyn Moloshco, Filmmaker Magazine
“A dreamy meditation on [the] Hollywood icon.”
-- Steve Rose, The Guardian
“Evocative character study [is] an engrossing confluence of sociocultural and psychosexual elements...served up in a rich bundle of shadowy, high-noir atmospherics, stark desert rapture and intensely affectionate and craftily delivered Hollywood fetishism. It's got a rich, authentic old-school look, thoughtful understated performances, and an all-around appealingly serious tone that sets the flick apart.”
-- Jonny Whiteside, LA Weekly
“JOSHUA TREE, 1951 deviates from straight documentary into an artful interpretation of Dean’s pre-fame life—this portrait dramatizes it with panache.”
-- Dave Segal, The Seattle Stranger
“It is easy to forget that filmmakers with an artistic bent are precious. Matthew Mishory’s debut feature...makes us think about the expressive possibilities of filmmaking for our hybrid times. An auteur manifesto!”
-- Vera Mijojlic, Cinema Without Borders
“We experience [Dean's] world through a tragic, dream-like reality. Beautiful, dizzying and sad; the definitive modern art film.”
-- Bill Raker, LEO Weekly
“A carefully crafted and unashamedly art house homage. A fitting portrait to the Hollywood legend. It also provoked me to wonder, had Dean ever collaborated with a European master such as Fassbinder, what would the results have looked like?”
-- Tom Cottey, Reflections
"Be prepared to swoon. Shot in glorious black-and-white, this might be Outfest 2012’s most ravishing film...[it] is also one of the most compelling films in this year’s lineup. A breathtaking look at a little-known period in the actor [James Dean]’s life."
-- Jeremy Kinser, The Advocate
"An ethereal and exquisite dream noir. Matthew Mishory makes a movie about James Dean like no other...perfectly and meticulously executed. An intoxicating triumph!"
-- James Waygood, SSG Magazine
“A poetic dreamscape...when a film is this beautiful, it's hard to ignore. Out of all of the film fest films currently on the circuit, JOSHUA TREE, 1951 was the one that stayed with me most, long after the film ended.”
-- Kevin Taft, Edge Magazine
“A visually stunning, meditative film steeped in the classics.”
-- MovieMaker Magazine
“[JOSHUA TREE] is exquisite. It's like new, new, New Queer Cinema. Watching it, I recall the same feelings I had as a youth watching early Todd Haynes.”
-- Jonathan Caouette, director of Tarnation